Kaaterskill Falls Hike

The North Face
The North Face
2101 Broadway
7:30AM
to 6:30PM
7:30AM to 6:30PM
Arrive by 7:15AM
Intensity
6/10
10.0 miles
1,500 feet
elevation gain
18+

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About the trip

Ten mile trail in the breathtaking Catskills

What We Love

  • A full day of hiking in the Catskill mountains
  • See Kaaterskill Falls from multiple angles
  • Diverse and unique flora
  • Fascinating Catskills history from your guide

Your Day

Kaaterskill Falls is a treasured part of New York's Forest Preserve, inspiring poets and artists alike for nearly 200 years. This beautiful hike through the famous Catskill Mountains will take us to an elevation of 3,000 feet. We start out with a gentle hike along a woods road, but quickly move onto a trail known for its challenges, which includes loose shale rock that is famous in this region. Our hike will take us past the top of the breathtaking Kaaterskill Falls, which at 260 feet, are the highest two–tiered falls in New York. From our vantage point, we'll take in sweeping views of the mountains beyond. After crossing over the stream that feeds the waterfalls, we'll continue along our path, enjoying the solitude and quiet of the mountain. At the end of our hike, we will drive to the base of the falls where we will have the chance to climb to the middle of the two tiers for photos and a refreshing splash in the water.

Perfect for: Moderate and experienced hikers

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Level 6/10
1,500 feet elevation gain
10.0 miles
The North Face2101 Broadway
7:30AM to 6:30PMArrive by 7:15AM
Planning

Here’s what you need

Bring

Essential Gear
  • Lunch
  • Ample snacks
  • At least three liters of water
  • Backpack. Need a recommendation? Check out Deuter!
  • Weather-appropriate clothing. For a great selection and discounts, visit our partners
  • Sunscreen
Recommended Gear
  • Hiking poles
  • Camera

Wear

Essential Clothing
  • Comfortable athletic clothing
  • Hiking boots with non-cotton socks
  • Hat
  • Jacket
  • Dress in layers to adapt to changing temperatures

What's Included

Included
  • Expert guides
  • Transportation
  • Park permits
Not Included
  • Meals
  • Gratuity for your guide

Drive to Meet

Have your own transportation? Select the "Drive to meet" option at check out. You'll meet your guide at the Plattekill Travel Plaza at 8:45 AM. From there you'll follow the van about an hour to the trailhead.

Intensity

Level 6

Moderate - For fit and experienced hikers

Level 6 trips will push you with a faster pace and longer distances. This hard work allows you to see more terrain and higher vistas. You should expect to be tired and fulfilled on the van ride home.

Activity

We’ll be active for five to eight hours. Prepare for this trip by maintaining your daily fitness regime that includes both cardio and strength.

Distances

Be ready to cover some serious distance. We may hike up to twelve miles today, nearly a half-marathon.

Surfaces

We’ll be hiking on varying mountainous terrain, which will involve navigating rock faces, loose stones, and steep, uneven trails.

Elevation Change

Up to 2,000 feet per day.

Altitude

Up to 10,000 feet.

Weather

Weather conditions can be quite different from the city in the mountainous regions we visit. Temperatures can be quite cooler as we head north or to higher elevations. Keep your eyes out for an email from our team a few days in advance of your trip. That email will provide updated weather conditions and will alert you to anything additional you should put in your pack to prepare. We head outside in any weather, as long as we know it's safe, and we don't let a little rain or wind ruin a chance for an adventure. You can contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions about preparing for trail conditions.

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